The Avengers

The Avengers Assemble to Dub Original Film in Lakota Language

The cast of The Avengers has assembled once again to make the world a better place. The cast came together to dub 2012’s The Avengers into the native Lakota language. This version of the film is now streaming on Disney+.

As part of the process, Marvel Studios also released a behind-the-scenes look at the process of dubbing into the native Lakota language. It shows how the cast, including Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Scarlett Johansson, came together for this project. It can be seen here:

Called the Lakota Project, this came out of an effort to help reintroduce and promote the Lakota language. Ruffalo had previously collaborated with the Lakota community on other projects. He and the Avengers were more than willing to get involved with this new dub.

“Just getting everyone together on the same page was probably the most difficult thing,” Ruffalo explains in the video. “But everyone really was into it. It’s a daunting language: There are sounds that we just don’t have in our language that they have in theirs. But once you start to get there, it feels really good.”

The Lakota Project took quite a lot of work and time. It took over 15 months and also involved 62 Lakota-Dakota language speakers. It also included the original Avengers team as well.

“You have the most famous film franchise in the world and some of the most famous actors, celebrities, and characters speaking our Lakota language that was once banned,” Lakota dub executive producer Ray Taken Alive says. “So, a really beautiful thing from the project is that our language doesn’t have to hide anymore.”

The Avengers can now be streamed in the Lakota language on Disney+. What do you think of this dub? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!